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Nation­al Safe Boat­ing Week in Lake County

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Sure the weath­er today doesn’t give you the hunger for boat­ing, but this week, we kick of Nation­al Safe Boat­ing Week from May 16 – May 22 in Lake Coun­ty.

The 2015 cam­paign is sim­ply Wear it.’ Wear your safe­ty jack­et when you’re going on a joy ride.

This week is des­ig­nat­ed to ensure the safe­ty of all boaters across the state of Illinois.

Some of the new laws imple­ment­ed this year were: Peo­ple born after 1998 can’t oper­ate a motor­boat with over 10 horse pow­er unless they received a Boat­ing Safe­ty Cer­tifi­cate, and Oper­at­ing Under the Influ­ence (OUI), no water­craft dri­ver can be under the influ­ence of alco­hol or drugs.

These laws will be enforced in 2016.

Dur­ing this edi­tion of Nation­al Safe Boat­ing Week, the Nation­al Safe Boat­ing Coun­cil imple­ment­ed a Wear Your Life Jack­et to Work Day.

At the Nation­al Safe Boat­ing Coun­cil, we believe life jack­et wear is the sim­plest strat­e­gy to stay safe while enjoy­ing your favorite recre­ation­al water activ­i­ty,” said Nation­al Safe Boat­ing Coun­cil Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Rachel John­son CAE. Accord­ing to recent U.S. Coast Guard sta­tis­tics, drown­ing was the report­ed cause of death in three-fourths of all boat­ing fatal­i­ties in 2014. Of those, 84 per­cent were report­ed as not wear­ing their life jackets.”

Since 2011, accord­ing to the safe boat­ing cam­paign, boat­ing fatal­i­ties have gone down sig­nif­i­cant­ly. In 2013, there was only a record­ed 560 fatal­i­ties relat­ed acci­dent as com­pared to 758 post­ed in 2011.

The next boat­ing safe­ty class is sched­uled for June 20 at the Fox Lake Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter. Cer­ti­fied Instruc­tors with the Unit­ed States Coast Guard Aux­il­iary USCGA” will con­duct the course cov­er­ing the basics of boat­ing safe­ty, equip­ment and require­ments, nav­i­ga­tion, motor­boat reg­is­tra­tion and titling, emer­gency mea­sures and the Fed­er­al and State boat­ing laws.

After com­ple­tion and a suc­cess­ful pass­ing grade on the exam, prospec­tive boaters will receive a Cer­tifi­cate of Competency.

We’ll see you out on the waters and be safe in Lake Coun­tyhttp://​boat​inglake​coun​ty​.com!

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